Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cheaps: Revolution, pillow fights & films

Weekend approaches, and there's a Saturday hat-trick of Cheap Thrills goodness going around, from AmRev dress rehearsals to massive pillow fights to teen cinema showcases. Dive right in...

Battle of Lexington dress rehearsal

Saturday at 2 p.m., Lexington Center, Massachusetts Avenue and Bedford Street (Routes 4 and 225) in Lexington; all ages, FREE
The annual Patriots Day Battle of Lexington re-enactment is no doubt awesome. But there are factors working against it: the crowds, the 5:30 a.m. start time and, well, the fact that it falls on Patriots Day, one of the busiest “days off” on the Bay State calendar. Between the Red Sox [team stats] 11 a.m. game, the Boston Marathon and all the drinking, it’ll be hard to get out to Lexington at the crack of dawn on April 19. But this weekend’s dress rehearsal provides the perfect opportunity to witness the historic American Revolution throwdown. Not only is the 2 p.m. start time manageable, it promises to be lesser attended, which means you’ll actually get close to the action.

International Pillow Fight Day 2010

Saturday at 3 p.m., location to be announced Friday night at 11:55 p.m. via; all ages, FREE
Last year, Boston brought the pillow-fight beatdown to International Pillow Fight Day in record numbers. More than 1,200 angry Hubsters took out their aggression on friends and family at the waterfront’s Christopher Columbus Park. It ended up being the third-largest pillow fight in the world (behind New York and San Francisco), no small accomplishment. This year, folks in more than 22 cities from Cape Town to Vancouver to Stockholm shall raise a pillow in good-natured fun, with some locations anticipating a turnout of more than 1,500 soft-sackers. Check just before midnight Friday to find out the secret location. Just remember, don’t hit anyone with anything other than a pillow, and don’t hit anyone wearing glasses.

Young Filmmakers Competition Screening and Reception at Boston Center for the Arts

Saturday from 6 to 9:30 p.m., 539 Tremont St., South End; all ages, $5
Big-ticket, first-run movie theaters are rife with grossly uninteresting releases at the moment, from disappointing 3-D Disney remakes to Miley Cyrus tear-jerkers to hot tubs that take us back to the ’80s. When Hollywood gets boring, it’s time to see what the kids are up to. This weekend’s Young Filmmakers Competition showcases the work of seven semifinalist directors ranging in age from 19 to 22. From “Sam the Super Sticky,” 21-year-old George Thorman’s animated short about the world’s first sticky-note hero, to 20-year-old Dimitri Kouri’s “Barbercide,” about a scruffy-looking dude who has a terrible day trying to look presentable, all the entries seem enticing. Plus, these kids are local - all either live or go to school in New England.
Info:, 617-426-5000; e-mail ticket requests to

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